News Archives August, 2013


Brethren program receives American Red Cross grant for work following Sandy (August 30, 2013)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has been awarded a grant of up to $280,010 from the American Red Cross to rebuild homes in response to Hurricane Sandy, or Super Storm Sandy as it was called when it hit the East Coast of the United States in 2012. After an initial disbursement of $50,000, the remainder of the grant will be disbursed quarterly based on the Brethren Disaster Ministries financial and project reports. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 30, 2013 (August 30, 2013)

1) Church of the Brethren joins with groups warning against military action in Syria. 2) Brethren program receives American Red Cross grant for work following Sandy. 3) Shari McCabe to retire, Carol A. Davis to lead Fellowship of Brethren Homes. 4) Youth conference coordinators to hold ‘NYC Hangouts’ in September. 5) Midwest regional youth conference ‘Powerhouse’ held at Camp Mack. 6) Congregational Life Ministries offers webinar on ‘Prayer and Service.’ 7) Brethren bits. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 30, 2013 (August 30, 2013)

In this issue: Personnel notes, a job opening at Timbercrest, Brethren who were at the March on Washington are in the new, kudos for Gather ’Round and Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, church anniversaries, Glendora Church holds a memorial service for homeless men, and more. Read more »


Church of the Brethren joins with groups warning against military action in Syria (August 30, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren is among some 25 nonprofits writing to President Obama to express concern about plans for military action in Syria. Also today, an Action Alert from the denomination’s Office of Public Witness warns that “military strikes are not the answer in Syria.” Read more »


Shari McCabe to retire, Carol A. Davis to lead Fellowship of Brethren Homes (August 29, 2013)

Fellowship of Brethren Homes has named Carol A. Davis to succeed Shari McCabe as executive director of the fellowship. McCabe has spent five years as executive director of the Fellowship. Davis is retired from years of service at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio, and Pinecrest Community in Mount Morris, Ill. After a brief respite following her retirement, she is choosing to serve once again in this leadership position. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries offers webinar on ‘Prayer and Service' (August 29, 2013)

Author and spiritual director Phileena Heuertz will lead a webinar on “Prayer and Service” sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Read more »


Midwest regional youth conference ‘Powerhouse’ held at Camp Mack (August 29, 2013)

Registration is open for Powerhouse 2013, the Church of the Brethren regional youth conference for the Midwest. The event is organized by Manchester University and this year will be held at a new venue: Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind. The dates are Nov. 16-17. Read more »


Youth conference coordinators to hold ‘NYC Hangouts’ in September (August 29, 2013)

An itinerary of “NYC Hangouts” is planned by National Youth Conference (NYC) coordinators Katie Cummings, Tim Heishman, and Sarah Neher. The Church of the Brethren NYC 2014 is planned for July 19-24 on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., as a week-long “faith formation extravaganza” for youth and adult advisors. The September “NYC Hangouts” are information sessions, complete with pizza, to which youth and advisors are invited. Read more »


The Time Is Now: An Annual Conference statement from the summer of 1963 (August 23, 2013)

The following statement was adopted by the 1963 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, which met in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., that June. The statement is reprinted here as published in the "Gospel Messenger" magazine of July 20, 1963, pp. 11 and 13: "The time is now to heal our racial brokenness..." Read more »


Christian ecumenical organizations call attention to Egypt. (August 23, 2013)

The World Council of Churches, Christian Churches Together in the USA, and the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued statements in the last few days calling attention to the crisis of political unrest and violence in Egypt. The three documents follow in full. Read more »


God of life, lead us to justice and peace: An interview with leaders of the World Council of Churches. (August 23, 2013)

World Council of Churches staff Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, and Natasha Klukach, program executive for church and ecumenical relations, were hosted by the Church of the Brethren for three days in mid-August. Their visit came as the WCC prepares for its 2013 assembly, a worldwide gathering of Christians that takes place every seven years and considered the most significant time when Christians get together. During their time in Illinois, the WCC leaders met with Brethren communicators. General secretary Stan Noffsinger also sat in on the conversation. Here is an excerpt. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 23, 2013 (August 23, 2013)

1) God of life, lead us to justice and peace: An interview with leaders of the World Council of Churches. 2) Christian ecumenical organizations call attention to Egypt. 3) Southern Ohio District launches Vital Ministry Journey. 4) The 301st unit of Brethren Volunteer Service begins work. 5) Camp Emmaus auction raises $1,000-plus for camp scholarships. 6) 43rd annual Dunker Church Service planned at Antietam battlefield. 7) Churches plan creative events for Peace Day 2013. 8) World Council of Churches calls members to observe day of prayer for peace. 9) The Time Is Now: An Annual Conference statement from the summer of 1963. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


43rd annual Dunker Church Service planned at Antietam battlefield (August 22, 2013)

The 43rd annual worship service in the restored Dunker Church at the Antietam National Battlefield, a Civil War battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. The service will be similar to an 1862 Dunker worship service, with Gene Hagenberger preaching on "Words Around Antietam." Scripture texts will be James 1:19 and 26, and 3:1-12. Read more »


Southern Ohio District launches Vital Ministry Journey (August 22, 2013)

Seventy-five people representing 23 congregations attended Southern Ohio District's launch event of Vital Ministry Journey (VMJ) on Saturday, Aug. 10. Read more »


The 301st unit of Brethren Volunteer Service begins work (August 22, 2013)

The volunteers in Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 301 completed their orientation on July 16-Aug. 3 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The members of the unit, home congregations or home towns, and project placements follow. Read more »


Churches plan creative events for Peace Day 2013 (August 22, 2013)

Sept. 21 is international Peace Day, and On Earth Peace and the Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness are teaming up to invite congregations to plan Peace Day events on this year’s theme “Who Will You Make Peace With?” Here are some creative examples of what congregations around the globe are planning. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 23, 2013 (August 22, 2013)

Brethren bits for Aug. 23, 2013: Correction, “I have a dream” commemoration in Chicago, church anniversaries, TRIM graduates, Erik Estrada to be at Living Stone Church, and much more. Read more »


WCC leader to preach at Illinois congregation, visit Church of the Brethren General Offices (August 8, 2013)

World Council of Churches general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit will bring the Sunday morning message at Neighborhood Church of the Brethren in Montgomery, Ill., this Sunday, Aug. 11, at 10:30 a.m. On Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 12-13, he will be in Elgin, Ill., visiting the Church of the Brethren General Offices. Read more »


BBT launches news and information site on health care reform (August 8, 2013)

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has launched a news and information website titled “ReformWatch,” offering information about health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read more »


Newsline for August 8, 2013 (August 8, 2013)

1) WCC leader to preach at Illinois congregation, visit Church of the Brethren General Offices. 2) Harold Giggler: CDS volunteers care for children following Asiana crash. 3) Brethren Disaster Ministries directs $75,000 grant to Sandy relief in Haiti. 4) Donald Booz retires from leadership of Pacific Southwest District. 5) NOAC to feature a great line up of speakers, events for older adults. 6) Annual Conference moderator announces theme for 2014. 7) John Kline Homestead to dedicate replica of 19th century kitchen garden. 8) BBT launches news and information site on health care reform. 9) Theme for WCC Assembly invites churches to study justice and peace. 10) Lessons and legacies of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary. 11) Brethren bits. Read more »


John Kline Homestead to dedicate replica of 19th century kitchen garden (August 7, 2013)

The John Kline Homestead in Broadway, Va., will host a “Garden Party” to dedicate its new kitchen garden on Sunday, Sept. 15. The site is the historic home of Elder John Kline, a Brethren leader and martyr for peace during the Civil War. Read more »


Brethren bits for August 8, 2013 (August 7, 2013)

Plea for CWS kits, dates for Clergy Women’s Retreat and church planting conference, ambitious goals for COBYS Bike and Hike, CPT petition, and much much more. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries directs $75,000 grant to Sandy relief in Haiti (August 7, 2013)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of $75,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to assist L’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti) to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Read more »


Theme for WCC Assembly invites churches to study justice and peace (August 7, 2013)

“God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace” is the theme for the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly on Oct. 30-Nov. 8 in Busan, South Korea. Congregations may walk alongside the church delegates preparing to travel to South Korea this fall through use of special study and worship resources titled “Pilgrimage to Busan: An Ecumenical Journey into World Christianity.” Read more »


NOAC to feature a great line up of speakers, events for older adults (August 7, 2013)

There is still time to register for National Older Adult Conference (NOAC). If you are age 50 or older, plan on joining others from across the Church of the Brethren denomination at beautiful Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Sept. 2-6. Read more »


Annual Conference moderator announces theme for 2014 (August 7, 2013)

"Live as Courageous Disciples" is the theme that moderator Nancy Sollenberger Heishman has announced for the 2014 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, on July 2-6 in Columbus, Ohio. The New Testament letter of Philippians is the theme scripture. Read more »


Donald Booz retires from leadership of Pacific Southwest District (August 7, 2013)

Donald R. Booz has announced his retirement as district executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Pacific Southwest District effective Nov. 30. He has served in the position since Dec. 1, 2008. Read more »